Bill Donahue: Marking Moments
Jesus also led his group into spiritual community by marking moments.
His disciples had eaten bread and swallowed wine thousands of times
before. But in the Upper Room, Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of
me.” Forever after, every time they celebrated that supper, each morsel
of bread and sip of wine would take them back to that marked moment.
They would remember his words, his embrace, his washing their feet, his
promise of the Holy Spirit, his exhortation to stay connected to him
like a branch to the vine.
Jesus was so good at marking moments because, unlike many group leaders,
he never got so caught up in his agenda that he missed what his group
was thinking and feeling. Remember when Jesus asked the disciples what
people were saying about his identity? Who did they think he really was?
Simon Peter responded by affirming, “You are the Christ, the Son of the
living God.” Jesus didn’t simply say, “Great answer, Simon!”Rather, he
recognized the Holy Spirit’s work in Peter and marked the moment for the
entire group. He answered Peter’s affirmation with this visionary
proclamation: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18
Jesus created, seized, and marked these moments because he wanted to do
more than have meetings. He wanted to see people change, to see lives
transformed by truth.